Hello charming co-eds!
Do you wish you had a manual for a way to walk, talk, dress, eat, and even land your dream job? Do you love the class and manners of the Mad Men era? Enter Charm: The Career Girl’s Guide to Business and Personal Success by Helen Whitcomb and Rosalind Lang.
Charm provides college-aged ladies advice and follow up to develop inner and outer beauty. The book includes lessons in voice, posture, skin and hair care, fashion guidelines, job and interview etiquette, dating, and even financial advice. It’s like CL in a book! For this series, I’ll be using the 1964 edition.
Chapter 26 “Fun With a Future” is all to do with making the most of your spare time. The chapter discusses what not to look for on a vacation ( like a long term beau), manners for various modes of transportation, guest etiquette, and packing tips. I’ll be focusing on the packing tips to conserve space and keep clothes, jewelry, and toiletries intact and clean throughout your journey.
1. “Use plastic jars for cosmetics. Store spillables in plastic bags for extra insurance.”
Washed out baby food jars, peanut butter jars, jam jars, or peanut tins are perfect for this task.
2. “To save stockings, tuck them in gloves and socks; put gloves and socks in shoes. Put shoes into plastic bags.”
You may not be thinking about gloves or tights just yet but when fall and winter trips come up this will save space and prevent delicate tights from getting caught on zippers. Check out Shaundra’s article for fall/winter transition clothes for just such occasions!
3.“Arrange your clothes in this order: shoes and heavy items on the bottom, then lingerie, accessories and blouses, suits, and dresses on top.”
This keeps your shoes from marking up your other clothes and protects your accessories from being tossed around and lost or broken in travel.
4. “If you are making several overnight stops, keep your night time articles together where they are easy to get at. Grooming items can all be kept in one plastic bag so that they can be carried to the bathroom easily.”
Visiting friends at different schools is fun and by having your shampoo, conditioner, or body wash all in one place makes them easy to find after late nights or early mornings.
Whether you’re taking a weekend trip or a study abroad adventure, these packing tips will keep your luggage clean and intact throughout travel so you’ll have one less thing to worry about!
Jessica Randall is a Health & Fashion writer and Business Ambassador at College Lifestyles (TM). She likes running, cooking, writing, and designing .